“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again.” – Pico Iyer
We have now been home a week, have reconnected with family & friends; I am back at work & we are both back into the routine of everyday things, without skipping a beat. Our bodies are slowly adjusting to the 12-hour time difference which is taking longer than expected. In retrospect we were probably so hyped when we started our travels we didn’t experience the jet lag that now lingers.
Our adventure now seems almost surreal & needless to say we are restless wishing we had planned a longer time away. Actually we had thought spring would be well on her way by the time we returned, but Mother Nature has different plans this year. One thing for certain though, we will definitely be hitting the road “flashpacking” again next year & will make sure that we stay away long enough to experience as little of winter as possible!
The following quote provided by our daughter, another avid adventure seeker, provides a wonderful reflection for those of you who have ever dreamed of heading off into uncharted territory to explore the world. We strongly encourage you to get out of your comfort zone & just do it. Guaranteed to rejuvenate the mind, body & spirit plus add years to your life – after all we are just a couple of thirty somethings trapped in these 60 plus bodies!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Until next time….remember, it’s never too late to become young fools again!